Title: Come in the Water
Author: K.C. Hastings
Publication Date: October 19, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary
Length: 11 pages
Source: I received a free copy from the author.
Rating: 3 Stars
There’s something in the lake, and I don’t mean the giant catfish.
Content Warning: Murder, drowning, a small amount of blood.
Beware what the locals say. Sometimes they know more than anyone else.
One of the biggest strengths of this short story was how arrogant and yet still likeable the unnamed protagonist was. While I certainly wouldn’t want to live with her, I was intrigued by how certain she was that she had everything figured out. Her confidence was admirable even if it sometimes lead her into some pretty dangerous decisions. It can be easier to write a kind and sweet character than one who had such a major personality flaw, so I tip my cap to the author for pulling this off so nicely.
Given how unfamiliar the main character seemed to be with Oklahoma, I was surprised by how quickly she brushed off the scary legends the locals shared with her in the first scene. I would have understood if she didn’t believe every detail of them, but it struck me as odd for her not to be willing to listen to their warnings at all. If only the narrator had given more clues about why she behaved this way. Even if the string of recent deaths all had natural causes, shouldn’t she at least taken heed of how dangerous swimming could be in that area? I wish this had been explored as it would have gone a long way to provide some additional character and plot development.
The horror elements of the plot were deliciously scary and well done. Even the nicest lakes can feel a little eerie even on a clear sunny day when you stare into their murky depths, and that’s even more true for lakes that have disturbing legends attached to them.
Come in the Water is making me think twice about going swimming in a lake this summer!
2 Responses to Local Legends: A Review of Come in the Water
This sounds like a spooky short story, though I agree that ignoring the deaths entirely seems odd. You’re right—even if they have natural causes, a bunch of deaths in the same place over a short time span should make someone pause.
For sure! And thanks.